2) Institute a phased roll-out of your Anywhere model
START WITH A SMALL TEAM
Becoming truly ‘location independent’ is easier for smaller companies who are able to make substantial changes to their business processes without grinding to a halt. Smaller businesses are more nimble by nature.
However, for larger companies, it’s a bit harder.
Jacob Morgan, an expert on the future of work, suggests that “larger companies take a phased approach to implementing flexible work across the company.”
When trialling remote work, start with a small team and withpeople who will likely find the transition easier.
Why a small team? Larger teams might have to contend with a bigger range of time differences. Larger teams also have to coordinate projects around more people, which is harder.
Additionally, starting with a small team will enable your company to focus on ‘getting everything right’ on a smaller scale before shifting more teams to a distributed working structure.
If all goes well in your small team, start to test remote work with other agile groups in your organisation.
You could always use the original ‘trial team’ to mentor and support those who may not find the transition as easy.
TIME IN THE OFFICE: TWO IN, THREE OUT
We ran a remote-work experiment a few years ago. The experiment was for those who were more comfortable staying in-office throughout the week.
These employees were challenged to working two days in office and three days out of office over a period of a few weeks.
The results? Our team experienced increased concentration, wider collaboration, and higher quality of life.
We liked the results so much that we now have just one in-office day a week.
How could these results apply to your own business? Consider the ‘two in, three out approach’ when trialling remote work with your pilot team.
Taking the leap from being in an office five days a week to being away from an office all week is not easy.
Gradually ease your team into distributed work; from one day of Anywhere work, build up to four or five days.
Listen to your team. Ask them about the challenges at each stage of the your ‘work anywhere’ transition and improve your distributed model accordingly. This way, the transition for the rest of your company will be a lot easier; not every team will have to learn each lesson themselves.